Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Help Save Handmade Crafting...

Please check out this link. This affects so many people, if we just think about it... Click HERE!!!

In Case You Are Wondering...

"Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?" should read "Where in the world did Celita go?"

Sorry, All. Been having a time of it... getting unpacked, getting back into the school routine, and all the other everyday stuff that does NOT stop when you are on vacation or come back.

I have been also having a hard time with my allergies which have graduated to a nice cold, which had me gasping for breath for TWO asthma attacks, within hours of each other, a couple of days ago. Yesterday had me recovering from that. Let me tell you how much I value the ability to BREATH. Nothing like it.

"Thank you, Jesus, that my breathe belongs to You, and that You have promised to take care of me, and to NEVER leave me or forsake me. Help me, Lord, to be truly better. Because, I am a little nervous of that happening again. Your grateful child, Celita."

I have to say, I am blessed that this is the first asthma attack in YEARS. To give you an idea how long... I have been married for nearly 9 1/2 years, and this was the first time my poor hubby had to witness one. And I had not had one for a few years before that, too. Thank God for a hubby who helped me when I could not help myself. It was scary... for me, my kids, and Anthony, it was that bad.

Why did I have one you might ask? Well, I guess it is a mixture of a few things, three of which might be allergies, my cold, and the horrible-for-asthma weather. Other than that, I am not sure.

Anyhow, hope you are all well. I am thinking of you, and have you very deeply in my heart... Keep in touch, I am still here. :-) And I will try to get to posting those pictures as soon as I can. And there are LOTS. :-) How fun!

Celita :-)

p.s. When you can, feel free to hop on over and check out my other blog. Click HERE!!!

A Hope Moment...


Titled "Hope Grows" (Reminds me of the amazing hope that God placed in my heart during the time of my miscarriage; Baby Hope was miscarried 4 years ago this coming March 5th. Jesus, I miss her. Please, give my sweet one a kiss and a big hug from her Mamma. Thank you. :-))

To see more of my papercuts, go to HERE!! Thank You!!!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ever Heard of a "Book Party"???...

Check out this wonderful idea on how to reach other people's lives for Jesus! Or for literacy! Or for... Does it matter? You just touch someone's life, and that really matters.

So, my blogging friend Anita over at http://mudandcoffee.blogspot.com/ recently introduced us to this most creative and fun idea, and I knew I HAD to share it with you. Please go over to http://mudandcoffee.blogspot.com/2009/01/its-surprise-book-party.html and take a look at this blog entry, and then maybe look around. I am sure something in there will have you pondering, laughing, or just interested. Have a great day!!!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Belated December 17, 2008: Dario's First Plane Ride and...









December 17, 2008 was the day we left to go on our long-awaited trip to the States. I am originally from Pennsylvania, Philly suburbs. We had a pretty good trip. And, a big milestone it was... It was Dario's first plane trip!!!

Here is an interesting experience I had in the airport...

While waiting in the airport for our flight to leave, my husband decided to go checking around for something to eat. Of course I stayed behind to watch the carry-on luggage and my kidlets. :-) What else would I do, right? So, the flight was full and there were no seats left to sit in, so we all piled by the railing, and were watched by EVERY person within a quarter of a mile as we made our way. That is what you get for trying to make a basketball team or small circus, huh? So, we waited for Anthony to come back.

The kids were excited about the planes and watched everything around them. All of a sudden I hear, "Mamma, Miranda pee-ed!"

"What! Are you kidding me???!!!" I think.

Sure enough there is my sweet little girlie with that funny little look on her face saying something like, "oops" or "did I do that?" or "Iewww, change me right now..."

Whatever her expression said, she stepped away to reveal a baseball glove sized puddle. I felt all nearby eyes on me, waiting to see how I would respond. Believe me, I was not pleased, but noone would have known it with how cool and collected I responded. She must have taken off her pull-up at my sister-in-law's house before they dropped us off at the airport, and I did not know it. Sheesh.

I seemed very calm, but I tell you, I had a momentary panic attack as I tried to think of what to do. I had all the kids, all the luggage. I could not very easily take them all to the potty to do a decent clean up job without losing another one or having another one get into some sort of trouble.

So what was my solution??? Wipes, baby!!! All the way. And a Praise To God that I had put in an extra set of clothes for her, "just in case", just hours earlier.

We parents clean up all kinds of things off of our baby's bottoms with wipes, so I decided that it would be fitting to use it in this situation as well. So, I reached into my bag, pulled out a large handful of wipes, let it sit and soak a moment, and began the swiping, gathering and dabbing. All in all, it did quite the trick, and I was very proud of myself. Actually, I should just be honest and say that in a spot like that, all practical and creative thinking ideas go to Jesus, whom I have prayed to for an extra measure of creativity time and time again to raise my kids, organize my home, and be sane in tough or interesting situations. He has pulled me through over and over again. Phew!!!

So that is not all... There is my baby girl watching me, waiting for her turn. When she realizes that I am ready to deal with her, she starts to strip her clothes off, which sets off an immediate "Freak Out!" alarm in this mommy. Come on, All, you have heard enough icky stories to know that it is not safe to have a naked baby exposed in a public place. ICK!!! Nope, I was not going to have that. And she was frusterated and confused that I was not going to let her take off her wet things.

Hmmmmm... How was I going to do this? So I remembered something I used to do when absolutely necessary... Remember that trick of sticking that shirt you want to wear over that shirt you don't want to wear anymore, and then doing the slip in, slip out of said shirts until you managed to have the correct shirt on? Well, that is what I did. Thankfully Miranda had a dress on that she had soiled, and it was easy enough to put on a new pull-up and comfy pants underneath. She had another t-shirt under her dress which served to cover up her top parts, and then all I had to do was put on a sweatshirt to keep her warm. Tada!! Oh, wait, forgot: slip on socks, and pull shoes back on.

BIG TADA!!!!

And all this time I ignored the I-don't-exactly-know-how-many-people-that-I-felt-watching-me, and just smiled at my kids as if this was just the normal, every day thing to do. No Problem. Well, it actually is, isn't it? Hmmm... Now that I think about it, it is a fairly normal situation. But what a nice feeling to have it pulled off so smoothly, not just in my own house or comfort zone, but in the public eye. Jeepers-Creepers, Did I Really Do That?

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me..." Romans

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Officially Back!!!...

We got in this afternoon and are currently trying to get ourselves back into the hang of things. Today will be busy getting back into a good schedule with the time, eating, getting some homework completed (boys), minor cleaning, and RELAXING. What a ride we had... turbulence, arm baby, bathroom breaks too numerous to count (did i ever tell you how much more difficult i think it is to travel with a daughter who is potty trained?), old plane with only one tv screen, expensive ear phones, delayed lunch, and exhaustion! But... we are safe, Praise God, and well. Anyone else get colds or sick after plane rides? I wasn't always this way, but over the last few years it has become inevitable that I get something. STINKY!!! let me tell you.

It is so nice to be back in our own beds and eating more normal. THOUGH, we miss our friends and family in the STATES very much. Luca threw a massive fit when we got to the airport. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law took our family and my nephew to the airport, and Luca and I got teary eyed. Luca just plain could not handle leaving Zia Julie (Aunt Julie)and screamed and cried when he had to say goodbye and enter into the building. Boo-hoo!!! We will do our betterest to keep in touch even betterest than we did before. That is all we can do.

So, I will be posting several entries on our trip as soon as I can find the cord to download pictures back onto my computer. When I find that you will have a glimpse into our trip. Thank you to all of our hosts and hostesses. WE LOVE YOU!!!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

One Of The Most Beautiful Artist Perspectives On Jesus...

Here is some VERY exciting news from David Bowman (these words here are in the words of my blogging friend at Trying to Stay Calm....:

You can ALL win a FREE signed 8x10 print of your choice (out of the three prints)! By doing this we can spread his beautiful art and all be winners by having a signed precious picture in our home!!!! THANK YOU AGAIN DAVID BOWMAN may the Lord bless you abundantly :)

Here is what to do to get your free signed 8x10 print:
*This offer expires Monday Jan. 5th at noon!!*
Copy and post on your blog or website all the items below....
Also send an invite to everyone you know to do to the same for
them to get a free print. Ask them to come see David's work and
website! You can add your own personal touches if you'd like :)
Then after you post make sure and send David an e-mail at:
contact@bowman-art.com so he knows you posted to get your print.

From here on is what to copy and post on your website or blog....

I wanted to share these beautiful pictures and what the artist has to say about each one of them! You can ALL win a FREE signed 8x10 print of your choice (out of the three prints), by copying and posting to your blog or website this whole post! After you post then send an e-mail to David (contact@bowman-art.com) with your website or blog address telling him you posted it and that you read about this offer on my blog. Also send him your name and mailing address and he will send your signed 8x10 print of your choice :) Hurry because...
*This offer expires Monday Jan. 5th at noon!!*

David Bowman: has had a passion for art ever since he could pick up a pencil. He loves creating images of the Savior that inspire and uplift. Along with his Christian fine art, David has also written and illustrated a series of scripture storybooks for children titled "Who's Your Hero". Check out his website at www.bowman-art.com to see more of his precious art. (Go See!!!)





"Innocence"
The Savior tells us we need to become as little children to inherit the kingdom of God. I've often wondered what it is about little children Jesus loves most, and I think its their innocence. They are clean slates, seeing the world and others through untarnished eyes. Their hearts are pure, without the baggage of cynicism and self-doubt. In this piece, I've tried to imagine how a child would act upon meeting the Master for the first time. Without reservation or inhibition, I think he would simply want to play with Him. He would be at complete ease, allowing his pure little heart to soak in the love and laughter of His pure, infinite heart. Its no wonder Christ delights in these little ones and sets them up to be our examples.



"Security"
One of the greatest human needs is a sense of security. In all aspects of life, we naturally gravitate towards anything that makes us feel safe. In this piece, I wanted to convey a sense of complete peace and calm like only the Savior can provide. It's a security that allows us to rest assured, without fear or worry, when we put ourselves trustingly in His arms. Little children have that inherent kind of trust in their parents, so it's fitting that the man and girl who modeled for "Security" are actually father and daughter. They generated
the exact feel I was looking for.




"My Child"
This piece conveys an intimate, up-close-and-personal feeling of the Savior's love. Notice how all the lines draw your attention and point towards Jesus' face in the center. I chose the name "My Child" because the only thing that could compare (even remotely) to Christ's compassion for us is the love of a parent for his/her child. This image is also intended to put things in perspective. Above all, we are God's children first. He allows us the privelege of experiencing parenthood for ourselves and we are entrusted to be the mothers and fathers of His children here on earth.

Help pass on the news of this wonderful giveaway and help support this wonderful artist!!! Happy New Year!!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

My First Guest Post...

I wracked my brain, I prayed, and... in the end, had to share my heart... This link leads to my guest post over at Mozi Esme... Please go on over and check it out... and maybe poke around a bit. You just might like it over there. I know I do... :-)

http://moziesme.blogspot.com/2008/12/no-joy-comes-in-morning.html